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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:57 am    Post subject: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote



One of the reasons I got a tractor was so i could drag dead trees (Scotch pines, notorious for dying) to the brush pile, then cut 'em up to burn.

Here's the first one I did a few weeks ago.

It's a lot easier than my previous method: cut 'em down, then drag the big branches by hand (foot?), then wrestle the big chunks into the back of the pickup.

Nothin' special, I know, but it was fun!

I've bladed snow a few times, and the gravel in my 500-foot long driveway is smoother than ever. (I try to start the TO-20 once a week, and I figure I might as well do a little work while it's warming up.)

Paint, and some other repairs, once the weather warms up. Thanks to all on the board for your help.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks a lot easier that the way you WERE doing it. Kinda fun to get them out and work them a little. Here's a pic of my TO-20 after a late February ice storm back in 2007 just after I'd gotten mine all prettied up. It didn't look so good after I got back from the city tree dump across town....there was about 2" of mud on top of the frozen ground, really soupy!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks nice, Irv - in fact, I hope my TO-20 looks as good as yours someday! (Which paint/color did you use?)

No ice storms - or any real winter weather of any kind, for that matter - around here for the past couple of years.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the compliment!! It started out as a junk yard jewel.
I went up to an automotive parts house (Arnold Motor Supply) and had them look it up. They mixed it but the color on the can said "Nissan gray" when they got it done. I figured, what the heck??, but shot it on anyway.
It seems like there's more blue in it than there should be, but I really like it and a lot of other Ferguson guys do to. I used a base coat-clear coat on it with a minimum of buffing. I didn't want it to look like a mirror two feet deep, just a nice smooth tough paint job that would retain its gloss.
They have all the listings for paint on the "FENA" web sight now. I don't think they did back then. Lots of good information there, and a great group of guys.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:01 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I went to Google just now to look "fena" up and came up empty...use fergusontractors.org. I belong to it, but hadn't been on the sight for a while.
At the top under "resources" then "paint" you can see all the numbers.
They had the national meet in Boonville, Missouri last September. I really wanted to go but was on a three day tractor ride that I'd signed up for in the spring. Too much fun, so little time. LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks, Irv.

I"m a FENA member, too, and I"ve printed out the chart with the paint codes.

I used a rattle can of Van Sickle Ferguson Gray (476) for a few small items (seat, hinge, spring) and it seemed a little too tan/taupe, compared to the photos I"ve seen of tractors like yours, so I haven"t settled on a paint yet.

I wanted to go to Boonville last September, too - but I was at an auction, buying this tractor!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:19 am    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm surprised it didn't do a wheel stand, I always hook to the front axle so as to not flip over.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

2 Tractors: I was watching for that to happen, but those trees aren"t that heavy, once they get good and dead.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: TO-20 at Work (Sort of...) Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well, it looks like you had a rewarding weekend even if you didn't get to go to the show.
As for the paint, I got a couple cans of that 476 and the color on the cap looked right on but I painted a gas tank tool box and it didn't match at all. I thought it was way too brown/tan, too.
I've been to several Ferguson shows, and I don't think there was two of them the same color unless they belonged to the same guy. LOL
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